World Hepatitis Day 2022

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are affected by viral hepatitis. Chronic hepatitis B and C are estimated to affect half a billion of people. Many more are affected by acute hepatitis, especially in developing countries, resulting in significant symptoms, including death. Recently, clusters of cases of non A-E viral hepatis have raised concerns, and…

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GVN Convenes First-of-its-kind Conference to Evaluate the Public Health Magnitude of Long Covid

GVN Convenes First-of-its-kind Conference to Evaluate the Public Health Magnitude of Long Covid and Define a Global Research Roadmap to Address the Crisis World Leaders in Science, Healthcare, Academia, Business and Government Discuss Issues and Ramifications of Long Covid Baltimore, MD, USA (July 22, 2022) ‚Äď The¬†Global Virus Network (GVN), a coalition of world leading…

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GVN Statement on SARS-CoV-2 Variant BA.2.75

There is some concern about the new SARS-CoV-2 variant BA.2.75. Very preliminary data on this variant suggests high growth advantage when compared to earlier variants. The N460K mutation in the Spike protein has been suggested as distinctive, conferring growth advantage to pseudotype virions. Epidemiologists around the world are aware of this variant, and the GVN…

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Could Viral Persistence Explain Long Covid?

Could Viral Persistence Explain Long Covid?¬† Author: Dr. Reitz June 30, 2022¬† Introduction¬† One serious aspect of Covid is what has been called ‚Äėlong Covid‚ÄĚ, in which various symptoms can persist for as long as a year or more. These can include fatigue, brain fog, loss of taste and/or smell, and cardiovascular problems. There are…

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Global Outbreaks of Monkeypox

May 25, 2022  Introduction  WHO and other health organizations are alarmed at the recent global outbreak of monkeypox. As of May 21, 2022, more than 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries outside of Africa (1). The first case of the disease in the UK was reported on May 7,…

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Global Virus Network (GVN) Launches Task Force to Combat Monkeypox Global Outbreak

Unusual outbreaks of monkeypox via human-to-human have been reported in the US, Australia, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and other European countries; While the transmission of monkeypox from animals to humans is well known, the increasing number of community transmission cases simultaneously occurring worldwide may represent an urgent pandemic threat. Baltimore,¬†Maryland, USA,¬†May 20, 2022: A higher…

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GVN Statement on Monkeypox Outbreaks

May 20, 2022 Unusual outbreaks of monkeypox have recently been reported in the US, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and other European countries. The chain of transmission is currently unknown, but it is clear that it involves human to human transmission. Although the virus has been known in the past to rarely cause such human-to-human transmission,…

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Resurgent Outbreaks of Measles

Resurgent Outbreaks of Measles May 18, 2022 Introduction¬† Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought another health crisis to children. The number of measles cases reported worldwide (more than 17,300 cases) has increased by 79 percent in the first two months of 2022 compared to the same time last year (1). Countries with the…

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Impact of the Omicron variants on the Ongoing Pandemic

Impact of the Omicron variants on the Ongoing Pandemic May 10, 2022 Introduction¬† The emergence of the Omicron variant in November 2021 has led to a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases worldwide. Since then, Omicron has kept evolving into several different sublineages. Furthermore, recombinant Omicron variants have been detected in patients by coinfection with the…

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Global Expansion of Acute Hepatitis Outbreaks in Healthy Children

Global Expansion of Acute Hepatitis Outbreaks in Healthy Children May 5, 2022 Introduction¬† A recent rise in acute hepatitis among children is expanding globally. The UK first reported an unexpected, significant increase in cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in previously healthy children. According to the WHO (1), as of 21 April 2022,…

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